March 18, 2016
Senior Director, Communications
HOUSTON SYMPHONY WELCOMES SUPERHEROES TO JONES HALL FOR FAMILY CONCERT
March 26, 2016
HOUSTON (March 18, 2016) – Associate Conductor Robert Franz will lead the Houston Symphony in Superheroes at the Symphony!, a musically adventurous family concert revealing the superpowers of the orchestra’s instruments at 10 and 11:30 a.m. March 26.
Joined by Captain America, The Incredibles’ “Elasti-girl,” Batman and Iron Man, Franz will introduce children to the orchestra’s four instrument families – strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion – through Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.
“Each of the superheroes included on this program have distinct super powers, just like each of the instrument families in the orchestra,” said Franz. “Each of them will represent one of the four instrument families.”
John Williams’ Superman march and Danny Elfman’s Batman theme from the action-packed films will also be included in the morning’s musical lineup.
An instrument petting zoo, which allows children to hold and play orchestral instruments, as well as a craft activity will be offered in the lobby beginning one hour before the 10 a.m. concert and immediately following the 11:30 a.m. concert. Students from Theatre Under the Stars’ (TUTS) Humphreys School of Musical Theatre will also appear on the hour-long program. Costumes are encouraged.
The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.
ABOUT THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY
During the 2015-16 season, the Houston Symphony will celebrate its second season with Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada, and continues its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $32.8 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians and 4 community-embedded musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 300 performances for 400,000 people, including 97,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.
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